Maintainable

Casey Watts! - Culturesmithing

Episode Summary

Robby has a chat with Casey Watts!, the Founder at Happy and Effective and the author of Debugging Your Brain, about how having a deliberately prioritized engineering backlog is the best way to ensure the maintainability of software, the importance of engineers having more autonomy and ownership in the projects they work on, strategies for managing technical debt, and so much more.

Episode Notes

Robby has a chat with Casey Watts!, the Founder at Happy and Effective and the author of Debugging Your Brain. Their conversation begins with Casey calling out engineers who go about the maintainability of their software by just cleaning stuff up instinctually instead of having a deliberately prioritized engineering backlog. He talks about the importance of team leaders giving engineers leeway to choose when to explore and try things, and even take some free time. That enables the engineers to feel more autonomous and have more ownership. 

Casey also shares strategies for managing technical debt and how teams can invest in moving faster. And on the topic of team culture, he will dig into the concept of culturesmithing and talk about the five levers that can be used to make changes happen, for example, in engineering and prioritization of backlogs. You will get to learn about the service engagements that Happy and Effective offers and gain so much more value in this candid 44-minute conversation that Robby and Casey had. Stay tuned for more.

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